LIVE: England v New Zealand – the action from the World Twenty20 from Pallekele as it happens
10:49 GMT, 29 September 2012
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England v New Zealand: Essentials
England: SCJ Broad (captain), C Kieswetter (wicketkeeper), AD Hales, LJ Wright, EJG Morgan, JM Bairstow, JC Buttler, Tim Bresnan, GP Swann, ST Finn, Danny Briggs.
New Zealand (from): LRPL Taylor (captain), RJ Nicol, MJ Guptill, BB McCullum (wicketkeeper), KS Williamson, NL McCullum, JEC Franklin, DL Vettori, TG Southee, KD Mills, AF Milne.
Umpires: S Taufel (Aus) and A Rauf (Pak)
Third umpire: S Davis (Aus)
Match referee: J Srinath (Ind)
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10th over: New Zealand 58-3 (Williamson 13, Taylor 10)
Dross from Broad: banged in short, Taylor swivels and punches the ball in front of square for four runs. Kiwis need more boundaries and can fill their boots if England serve up more of that nonsense… which the England captain duly obliges with a delivery so short in barely makes it half way down the track. Eight runs from the over.
9th over: New Zealand 50-3 (Williamson 12, Taylor 5)
General consensus now is that this will be a low scoring match. Anything over 130-140 will be a massive will be a huge bonus for New Zealand. But with just four more from Swann's over, the Kiwis will be happy to make over three figures.
8th over: New Zealand 46-3 (Williamson 10, Taylor 3)
And now Stuart Broad joins the fray as England keep their foot right on the Kiwi's neck. No wicket, but few runs too – the perfect combination. Just four from the over.
7th over: New Zealand 42-3 (Williamson 9, Taylor 0)
New Zealand are making a hash of this. Swann nabs another wicket in his first over and the Kiwis are already staring down the barrel with their run rate ambling along at 6.6 an over.
WICKET! Rob Nicol c Bairstow b Swann 11
Looked as though Nicol had made solid enough a connection to clear the boundary but his lofted drive square is pouched by Bairstow at deep square leg.
6th over: New Zealand 39-2 (Nicol 10, Williamson 7)
Steven Finn's kicked the stumps over again. he's had this problem in the Tests and now it is irking the umpires in Pallekele. Williamson plays a beauty of a cut for a much needed boundary and then Finn kicks over the wicket and we wait an age to restart. Nicol clubs the final ball of the over mid-on for another four.
5th over: New Zealand 30-2 (Nicol 6, Williamson 2)
First change is Tim Bresnan. And it's a super start from Brezzle. Three singles dabbed on both sides and a no-ball. Excellent pressure in the over after a wicket. new Zealand will need to turn it on in the next couple of overs as they're already a touch behind on the run rate.
4th over: New Zealand 26-2 (Nicol 5, Williamson 0)
It's all going on. Pace, bounce, dip, duck, dodge and dive. Kieswetter can't handle Finn's bounce, the bails are kicked off and there are leg side byes in among that wicket.
WICKET! Brendon McCullum c Wright b Finn 10
Big, big wicket for England. The tournament's top scorer thus far goes on the hook, slices it and finds Luke Wright the rope at third man.
3rd over: New Zealand 19-1 (Nicol 3, McCullum 10)
Here we go. McCullum fancies this against Briggs. He's down the track and firing the ball back past the bowler twice in that over. Once along the deck, the second takes the aerial route. Nice.
Early breakthrough: Steven Finn took a wicket in his first over
2nd over: New Zealand 9-1 (Nicol 2, McCullum 0)
Steven Finn makes the breakthrough straight away. Looks like Guptill was done by the pace of the delivery as he was nowhere near hitting the ball. Brendon McCullum is at the crease now. He's been in fine fettle in this tournament thus far.
WICKET! Martin Guptill lbw b Steven Finn 5
Finn's yorker is inch perfect, swinging in to Guptill's pads and hitting him plumb in front of middle stump. No doubt about that one.
1st over: New Zealand 6-0 (Guptill 1, Nicol 5)
Danny Briggs begins the attack for England. Left arm spin finds some turn immediately. Nicol takes a trot down the track and fires the first boundary of the innings. There follows a right hash in the field as England waste a guilt-edged run out chance. Jos Buttler at point threw to the wrong end with Nicol stranded.
10.59: Right, here we go. England to win this one at a canter. Right
10.52: Right, here come the players. We'll have anthems, the Haka and then we're off and running. Haka's optional, mind.
10.45: So: Would you move Eoin Morgan up the batting order lest he's kicking his heels while England do their utmost to chuck in the towel Email and twitter above. Tar.
Broad appeal: England are already battling to stay involved in the tournament
10.40: Team news: New Zealand have won the toss and will bat first. The Kiwis are without Jacob Oram, he's replaced by Doug Bracewell. England swap Danny Briggs and Tim Bresnan for Samit Patel and Jade Dernbach. That's your lot.
10.30am: England's Twenty20 hopes could all-but end today. Who would have thought that After the 15 run defeat to West Indies, Stuart Broad's side must overcome New Zealand to be confident of moving into the semi-finals.
Defeat – if Sri Lanka also beat West Indies later on at Pallekele – will spell the end already of their attempt to defend the only International Cricket Council trophy they have ever won.
Broad's side made the worst possible start against the Windies. and were 0-2 from the first two deliveries – a situation the captain does not want to see another repeat of that.
'What we have to do is stop losing early wickets,' he said.
'It has not been the same guy every time, but the number three has been in in the first couple of overs in every game we've played – which is not good enough.
'That can really hurt you.'
Hurt you it will. Time for Hales and Kieswetter to prove their value at the top of the order and time for England to really get their tournament firing.
Work to do: England cricket captain Stuart Broad talks with coach Andy Flower